25.07.22 Repressions Review

Limit on Party Voting and Attack on Freedom of the Speech: how the authorities are getting ready for the September elections

The war in Ukraine has led to new regulations further restricting active and passive suffrage and freedom of expression, a new report by the independent movement Golos points out.

In particular, monitoring the activities of election commissions has been limited and the term restricting those convicted of “extremism” from taking part in the elections has been prolonged. The new changes to the electoral law give the ruling party an overwhelming advantage in regional elections on September 11, 2022 — unexpected returns are only possible in municipal elections in the cities with strong protest sentiments.